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J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger
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Artist
Robert Vickrey, 26 Aug 1926 - 17 Apr 2011
Sitter
Jerome David Salinger, 1 Jan 1919 - 27 Jan 2010
Date
1961
Type
Painting
Medium
Gouache, ink and graphite pencil on paperboard
Dimensions
Sight: 43.8 x 29.8cm (17 1/4 x 11 3/4")
Frame: 66.4 x 49.2 x 4.8cm (26 1/8 x 19 3/8 x 1 7/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Robert Vickrey / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Object number
NPG.78.TC723
Exhibition Label
Born New York City
Jerome David Salinger had one of the great successes of all time with The Catcher in the Rye (1951). He then vanished, publishing only a few collections of short stories and emerging only to sue people who attempted to write about him; his last publication was in 1965. Yet Catcher in the Rye remains a classic. Its teenaged narrator Holden Caulfield's account of a weekend in Manhattan continues to speak to disaffected adolescents kicking against the "phonies." It has sold more than 65 million copies worldwide and is still occasionally banned by education administrators who fear its corrupting impact on alienated youth. Here, in a way that Salinger (and Caulfield) would have appreciated, the artist interprets the book's title literally and paints the author against an amber wave of grain.
Collection Description
In 1978, Time magazine donated approximately eight hundred works of original cover art to the National Portrait Gallery. The museum is dedicated to telling the stories of individuals who have shaped the United States, and the Time Collection—featuring prominent international figures and events—enriches our understanding of the United States in a global context.
En 1978, la revista Time donó a la National Portrait Gallery cerca de 800 obras de arte originales creadas para sus portadas. Nuestro museo se dedica a narrar la historia de figuras que han contribuido a forjar el desarrollo de Estados Unidos, y es así que la Colección Time, que incluye retratos de importantes personalidades internacionales, nos ayuda a comprender mejor a nuestra nación en un contexto global.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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